Dr. Don’s Special Film Screening!December 05, 2019 | Sunshine Villa
At Blue Harbor Senior Living, we love getting to know each and every one of our residents and celebrating their uniqueness. Recently, our lovely community Sunshine Villa Senior Living shared one of the most beautiful and unique WOW! Moments. Let’s hear all about our talented resident, Dr. Don! He truly gave a gift to our community, and we’re so happy we could celebrate his passion.
Meet Dr. Don
Dr. Don is our Sunshine Villa resident film scholar. He has published many books on film and theater with a focus on comedy. He has an extensive DVD collection of classic films and each month he picks one to present to the community. He always gives a little introduction before the showing. We call it “Dr. Don Presents the Monday Matinee.” He loves to present his DVDs, but had been missing his true passion: old school, reel-to-reel films.
When Dr. Don lived in Santa Fe, he enjoyed watching films on his 16mm reel-to-reel projector. So, last month we arranged with his family to bring his projector and movies up to Santa Cruz so we could have a special Monday Matinee.
We went all out, inviting all of his family to come and we decorated the activities room for the occasion. We fired up the popcorn machine and served a whole variety of movie theater snacks and drinks. Dr. Don’s son-in-law operated the projector and worked with us to connect the sound to speakers, which he controlled with a sound board. Dr. Don chose his favorite comedy, “My Little Chickadee” starring W.C. Fields and Mae West.
A Bonding Experience for All
The experience truly brought the whole Sunshine Villa community together. The room was packed with residents laughing and enjoying the aesthetic of real film. It brought a lot of memories—not only for Dr. Don, but for many of our residents as well who also had 16mm projectors and made home movies. In fact, Dr. Don now has a standing offer to show any residents’ home movies on his projector that now lives with his daughter in Santa Cruz! The True Blue team at Sunshine Villa to take him up on that offer soon.
WOW! Moments at Blue Harbor
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